Obituaries for Oct. 28, 2013

By Observer Upload October 28, 2013 10:21 am
Hardy, Cabe, Markley Jr., Salehian, Kay, Gibbs

Mervine Hardy


Mervine Hardy, 82, died Sunday at her home near Elgin. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels-Knopp Funeral & Cremation Center.

 Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Cabe

La Grande

Dorothy “Dottie” Cabe, 71, died Friday at her home in La Grande. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels-Knopp Funeral & Cremation Center.

 Chester Rhoads Markley Jr.


Chester Rhoads Markley Jr., 73, of Lostine, died Oct. 5 after a battle with cancer. 

Services will be held at
2 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Enterprise, with a reception to follow. Bollman Funeral Home is handling the

 Patricia Salehian

La Grande

Patricia Salehian, 77, died Friday at her home near La Grande. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels-Knopp Funeral & Cremation Center.

 Margaret Kay

Formerly of La Grande

Margaret Kay, 85, formerly of La Grande, died Sunday at the home of her daughter in Weed, Calif. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels-Knopp Funeral & Cremation Center.

 Delmont Nason Gibbs

La Grande


Delmont Nason Gibbs, 99, of La Grande, died due to lung cancer at a local care facility on Oct. 20. A celebration of life will be held at the Island City City Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be at Long Creek Cemetery in Long Creek. 

Delmont was born on Nov. 3, 1913, in Wallace, Idaho, to George Leland and Lottie Bell (Frazier) Gibbs. He lived in Galena, Bates, Prairie City and John Day in Oregon; Raton, N.M.; Pagosa Springs, Colo.; Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico; and Zambia, Africa. Delmont spent the first eight years of his education in Galena, and graduated high school in Prairie City. 

Delmont worked for the state highway department and married Phyllis McGirr. After their divorce, he began working for a ranch, where he met and married Myrtle Saunders. They moved to Bates, and he worked for the Oregon Lumber Co. He and Myrtle then moved to Prairie City and purchased a coffee shop. Then they sold the coffee shop and began working for a logging company in Long Creek. Shortly after moving there, he divorced Myrtle and married Bunny Monner and they moved to Raton with the logging company. A few years later, they divorced and he then married Alice Kelley. They were married for more than 25 years. During his time in New Mexico and Colorado, he owned his own logging company, worked road construction and helped build the tunnel through the San Juans in Pagosa Springs. The tunnel work led them to their move to Africa. When they returned home from Africa, he built and operated a liquor store in Pagosa Springs until his retirement.  He spent his winters in Mexico.

Delmont spent his time fishing in Mexico during the winter and canning and fishing in Oregon during the summers. He canned peaches, plums, pears and applesauce. He would dig horseradish roots and take a quart home with him and finish it before the next summer. He would enjoy his visits with his children in Oregon and Colorado. He moved back to La Grande, where he and his dog, Mikey, enjoyed planting and watering the garden and flowers. He loved planting and eating corn on the cob.

Delmont is survived by his daughters, Karen and her husband, Larry, of Cove, and Judi of Polson, Mont; sons, Sam and his wife, Marilyn, of Baker City, Earl of Costa Rica and Del and his wife, Kimberlee, of Texas; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and 14 nieces and nephews.

Delmont was preceded in death by his mother and father; wife, Myrtle; brothers, Clayton, Orville, Jim and Leland; sisters, Mildred and Elizabeth, and daughters, Anita and Polly. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cook Memorial Library or the Blue Mountain Humane Society, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.

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